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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Brass

Classical Brass audition requirements on this page.  For Jazz, please see Jazz Instruments/Voice

Horn (French Horn)

Updated August 2020
Professor Joshua Michal, jmichal@music.umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A fast and a slow movement chosen from works such as the Mozart horn concertos, the Haydn concertos, the Strauss Concerto Op. 11, the Beethoven Sonata, the Dukas Villanelle, and the Bernard Heiden Sonata.
  • An etude such as those by Gallay, Kopprasch and Kling.

Technique

  • Demonstration of major and chromatic scales throughout the practical range of the instrument. The faculty will select scales for the applicant to perform.

Remote Audition Requirements
Please prepare the pieces outlined in the Live Audition Requirements for an audition held live via Zoom. Email Prof. Michal at jmichal@music.umass.edu to set up a date and time.

FOR 2020-2021 ADMISSION: If possible please aim to have your Zoom audition on one of the following dates: January 23, January 30, or February 6.

 


Trumpet

Updated August 2020
Professor Eric Berlin, berlin@music.umass.edu, Trumpet Studio website
For Jazz Trumpet, please see Jazz Instruments/Voice webpage.

Video Pre-Screening Requirements
Please submit the following works in a single, continuously recorded video via YouTube. The YouTube link will be submitted with the Audition Request Form submission.

Video setup: Please place the camera or cell phone far enough away to frame you and your instrument from head to toe. This will help the audio quality.

1. Etude 1 from Vassily Brandt's 34 Etudes; play from the beginning to the downbeat of bar 54. (For clarification and purchase of the required material for this step, see: https://www.amazon.com/Etudes-Trumpet-Orchestra-Last/dp/0793536189)

2. Two contrasting movements (in their entirety - with or without accompaniment) from one of the following:

a. Kent Kennan Sonata
b. Paul Hindemith Sonata
c. Flor Peeters Sonata
d. Halsey Stevens Sonata
e. Eric Ewazen Sonata
f. Alexander Arutiunian Concerto (play beginning to letter L)
g. Franz Joseph Haydn Concerto in Eb
h. Johann Nepomuk Hummel Concerto in E or Eb

3. Scales

a. A Major scale - 2 octaves tongued.
b. Ab Major scale - 2 octaves slurred.
c. Two octave C Chromatic Scale (slurred in triplets, quarter note = 100)

 

Successful pre-screen applicants may be asked to have a live/virtual audition with Professor Berlin.

 


Trombone

Updated August 2020
Professor Greg Spiridopoulos, gspiro@music.umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

  • One legato etude from Bordogni's (Rochut) Melodius Etudes Vol. 1
  • One technical etude from either: Blazhevich Clef Studies OR Kopprasch 60 Studies for Trombone
  • 3-5 minutes of two contrasting movements from a standard solo work OR a single solo work with contrasting material. Examples include:
    - Barat, Andante & Allegro - complete
    - Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique - complete
    - David, Concertino - movements 1 and 2
    - Saint-Saens, Cavatine - complete
    - Grondahl, Concerto - movements 1 and 2
  • Four major scales in two octaves of applicant's choice, but must include:
    1. E Major
    2. Db Major

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare the Live Audition Requirements in a video submission. The link to the video must be included with the submission of the Audition Request Form.
  • YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.
  • An interview/lesson via Zoom may be required after video submission as part of a remote audition. The trombone faculty will contact the applicant in this instance to discuss a date and time following submission and review of the video.

 


Euphonium

Professor John Bottomley, jbottoml@music.umass.edu

  1. Two contrasting movements or single work with contrasting material from standard repertoire. Examples:
    1. Barat- Andante & Allegro
    2. Galliard- Sonatas
    3. Ropartz- Andante & Allegro
    4. Guilmant- Morceau Symphonique
  2. One etude from:
    1. Bordogni (Rochut)- Melodius Etudes Vol. 1
  3. Scales
    1. All Major scales- Two octaves
    2. Two octave chromatic scale

Tuba

Professor John Bottomley, jbottoml@music.umass.edu

  1. Two contrasting movements from the standard repertoire. Examples:
    1. Hindemith- Sonata
    2. B. Marcelo- Sonatas
    3. Haddad- Suite for Tuba
    4. Barat- Introduction and Dance
  2. One etude from either:
    1. Bordogni- 43 Bel Canto Studies (Robert King)
    2. Blazhevich- 70 Studies for Tuba (Robert King)
  3. Scales
    1. All Major scales- Two octaves
    2. Chromatic scale- Two octaves starting on low Bb

Horn (French Horn)

Updated August 2020
Professor Joshua Michal, jmichal@music.umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A fast and a slow movement chosen from works such as the Mozart horn concertos, the Haydn concertos, the Strauss Concerto Op. 11, the Beethoven Sonata, the Dukas Villanelle, and the Bernard Heiden Sonata.
  • An etude such as those by Gallay, Kopprasch and Kling.

Technique

  • Demonstration of major and chromatic scales throughout the practical range of the instrument. The faculty will select scales for the applicant to perform.

Remote Audition Requirements
Please prepare the pieces outlined in the Live Audition Requirements for an audition held live via Zoom. Email Prof. Michal at jmichal@music.umass.edu to set up a date and time.

FOR 2020-2021 ADMISSION: If possible please aim to have your Zoom audition on one of the following dates: January 23, January 30, or February 6.

Trumpet

Updated August 2020
Professor Eric Berlin, berlin@music.umass.edu, Trumpet Studio website
For Jazz Trumpet, please see Jazz Instruments/Voice webpage.

Video Pre-Screening Requirements
Please submit the following works in a single, continuously recorded video via YouTube. The YouTube link will be submitted with the Audition Request Form submission.

Video setup: Please place the camera or cell phone far enough away to frame you and your instrument from head to toe. This will help the audio quality.

1. Etude 1 from Vassily Brandt's 34 Etudes; play from the beginning to the downbeat of bar 54. (For clarification and purchase of the required material for this step, see: https://www.amazon.com/Etudes-Trumpet-Orchestra-Last/dp/0793536189)

2. Two contrasting movements (in their entirety - with or without accompaniment) from one of the following:

a. Kent Kennan Sonata
b. Paul Hindemith Sonata
c. Flor Peeters Sonata
d. Halsey Stevens Sonata
e. Eric Ewazen Sonata
f. Alexander Arutiunian Concerto (play beginning to letter L)
g. Franz Joseph Haydn Concerto in Eb
h. Johann Nepomuk Hummel Concerto in E or Eb

3. Scales

a. A Major scale - 2 octaves tongued.
b. Ab Major scale - 2 octaves slurred.
c. Two octave C Chromatic Scale (slurred in triplets, quarter note = 100)

 

Successful pre-screen applicants may be asked to have a live/virtual audition with Professor Berlin.

Trombone

Updated August 2020
Professor Greg Spiridopoulos, gspiro@music.umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

  • One legato etude from Bordogni's (Rochut) Melodius Etudes Vol. 1
  • One technical etude from either: Blazhevich Clef Studies OR Kopprasch 60 Studies for Trombone
  • 3-5 minutes of two contrasting movements from a standard solo work OR a single solo work with contrasting material. Examples include:
    - Barat, Andante & Allegro - complete
    - Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique - complete
    - David, Concertino - movements 1 and 2
    - Saint-Saens, Cavatine - complete
    - Grondahl, Concerto - movements 1 and 2
  • Four major scales in two octaves of applicant's choice, but must include:
    1. E Major
    2. Db Major

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare the Live Audition Requirements in a video submission. The link to the video must be included with the submission of the Audition Request Form.
  • YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.
  • An interview/lesson via Zoom may be required after video submission as part of a remote audition. The trombone faculty will contact the applicant in this instance to discuss a date and time following submission and review of the video.

Euphonium

Professor John Bottomley, jbottoml@music.umass.edu

  1. Two contrasting movements or single work with contrasting material from standard repertoire. Examples:
    1. Barat- Andante & Allegro
    2. Galliard- Sonatas
    3. Ropartz- Andante & Allegro
    4. Guilmant- Morceau Symphonique
  2. One etude from:
    1. Bordogni (Rochut)- Melodius Etudes Vol. 1
  3. Scales
    1. All Major scales- Two octaves
    2. Two octave chromatic scale

Tuba

Professor John Bottomley, jbottoml@music.umass.edu

  1. Two contrasting movements from the standard repertoire. Examples:
    1. Hindemith- Sonata
    2. B. Marcelo- Sonatas
    3. Haddad- Suite for Tuba
    4. Barat- Introduction and Dance
  2. One etude from either:
    1. Bordogni- 43 Bel Canto Studies (Robert King)
    2. Blazhevich- 70 Studies for Tuba (Robert King)
  3. Scales
    1. All Major scales- Two octaves
    2. Chromatic scale- Two octaves starting on low Bb